The Trump campaign’s ties to Russia never passed the smell test. The latest revelations, in emails released by his son, reek
The US president’s Twitter feed has become an apparently inexhaustible source of dismay and disgust. Today it was a tweet from his namesake son that dropped jaws. Under pressure over his meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, Donald Trump Jr released the relevant emails. They show that he was invited to meet a lawyer representing the Russian government to see information “that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]”, as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump”. The go-between added helpfully: “I can also send this info to your father.”
Mr Trump Jr responded enthusiastically – “If it’s what you say I love it” – and formatting suggests he forwarded the messages to Paul Manafort, then campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, his brother-in-law. All three attended the meeting at Trump Tower. It took place after the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, but before material had been made public. Hours later, Mr Trump Sr tweeted at his rival: “Where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?” Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, has dismissed the issue as “a big nothingburger”. There seems to be a lot of meat in the bun.